Lavender Essential Oil
What is the Genus Species? Lavandula angustifolia
What are the Plant Properties? Antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, sedating, vermifuge.
What are the Documented Uses or Benefits of Lavender Oil? Insomnia, hair loss, burns, nervous tension, respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions, blood fat/cholesterol reduction, reducing excess sebum on skin.
As you can see there are many benefits of lavender oil!
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Calming, relaxing, and balancing. Eases anger and frustration, Sedating Mentally and physically.
Why is this information important? Well, believe it or not, some companies will substitute a species within the family where the fragrance is similar! But remember, then it will have different properties and uses, so please be aware of this.
What is the Latin Derivative? "to wash"
What can Lavender do for Fitness and Bodybuilding? Hemodilation , Post workout relaxation, stress reduction from heavy exercise. Deep Sleep Induction for faster recovery.
What is the ORAC Value? 360 µTE/100g
Why be bothered with this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers.
For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700.
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the benefits of Lavender (and aromatherapy) were re-discovered almost accidentally? Yes, a French scientist, René Gattefossé, was severely burned in a laboratory accident and immersed his hand in a vat of Lavender.
Gattefossé found that Lavender oil promoted tissue regeneration quickly and healed the wound with no scarring!
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Lavender oil is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). But, make sure your lavender is not another species or a hybrid, such as lavandin. Lavandin is typically cut with synthetics and sold as lavender oil!
Essential Oil Info.
Did you know that researchers at University of Miami found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation? The benefits of lavender also included reduced depression and improved cognitive performance.
Did you know that a 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness?
Found in: M-Grain.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Greater intuition and clarity.
What Chakra is Affected? Promotes opening of the heart and crown chakra.
How do I use it?
- Apply several drops (2-4) on location
- Apply to chakras/vitaflex points, (ears or feet)
- Directly inhale, diffuse, or
- May be used as a dietary supplement by placing a drop or 2 in an empty gelatin capsule and taking with or without a meal, place 1 drop inside the buccal cavity inside cheeks, for rapid and almost instant absorption.
Good oil for the First Aid Kit: Yes
Can this oil be used for pets? Yes, all animals including cats can use this oil!
Note about Animals: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.